To My Readers

Some of my youthful readers are developing wonderful imaginations. This pleases me. Imagination has brought mankind through the Dark Ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that dreams ? day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain-machinery whizzing ? are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, and therefore to foster civilization. A prominent educator tells me that fairy tales are of untold value in developing imagination in the young. I believe it.

Among the letters I receive from children are many containing suggestions of "what to write about in the next Oz Book." Some of the ideas advanced are mighty interesting, while others are too extravagant to be seriously considered ? even in a fairy tale. Yet I like them all, and I must admit that the main idea in "The Lost Princess of Oz" was suggested to me by a sweet little girl of eleven who called to see me and to talk about the Land of Oz. Said she: "I s'pose if Ozma ever got lost, or stolen, ev'rybody in Oz would be dreadful sorry."

That was all, but quite enough foundation to build this present story on. If you happen to like the story, give credit to my little friend's clever hint.

L. Frank Baum Royal Historian of Oz


Chapter 1: A Terrible Loss
Chapter 2: The Troubles of Glinda the Good
Chapter 3: Of Cayke the Cookie Cook
Chapter 4: Among the Winkies
Chapter 5: Ozma's Friends Are Perplexed
Chapter 6: The Search Party
Chapter 7: The Merry-Go-Round Mountains
Chapter 8: The Mysterious City
Chapter 9: The High Coco-Lorum of Thi
Chapter 10: Toto Loses Something
Chapter 11: Button-Bright Loses Himself
Chapter 12: Czarover of Herku
Chapter 13: Truth Pond
Chapter 14: The Unhappy Ferryman
Chapter 15: The Big Lavender Bear
Chapter 16: The Little Pink Bear
Chapter 17: The Meeting
Chapter 18: The Conference
Chapter 19: Ugu the Shoemaker
Chapter 20: More Surprises
Chapter 21: Magic Against Magic
Chapter 22: In the Wicker Castle
Chapter 23: The Defiance of Ugu the Shoemaker
Chapter 24: The Little Pink Bear Speaks Truly
Chapter 25: Ozma of Oz
Chapter 26: Dorothy Forgives

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